Cubs announce their minor league player and pitcher of the month


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Davis is the Cubs top hitting prospect (Ron Chenoy - USA Today Sports)
Davis is the Cubs top hitting prospect (Ron Chenoy - USA Today Sports)

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today named Double-A Tennessee outfielder Brennen Davis as the organization’s minor league player of the month for July, while High-A South Bend right-handed pitcher Ryan Jensen was named the club’s minor league pitcher of the month.

Davis, 21, hit .298 (25-for-84) with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 21 RBI in 24 games in July, posting a .410 on-base percentage, a .667 slugging mark and a 1.077 OPS. He last month ranked second among all Double-A players in doubles and extra-base hits (17), fourth in OPS and fifth in slugging. Davis hit a home run in five of seven games from July 17-24, including a season-high two home runs and five RBI, July 21 at Rocket City. Additionally, Davis was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2021 MLB Futures Game held July 11 in Colorado, going 2-for-3 with two home runs and two RBI.

Selected in the second round of the 2018 draft by the Cubs, Davis this season is batting .268 (53-for-198) with 16 doubles, 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 57 games between Tennessee and South Bend. The right-handed hitter is batting .303 (47-for-155) with nine home runs vs. right-handed pitching, seeing time at all three outfield spots and designated hitter. Davis owns a .288 batting average (124-for-431) with 19 homers and 64 RBI in 124 career minor league games.

Jensen, 23, last month posted a 1.99 ERA (5 ER/22.2 IP) with four walks and 28 strikeouts in five starts at South Bend, with a .150 opponent batting average, a .200 opponent on-base percentage and a .413 opponent OPS to go along with a 0.71 WHIP.

The righthander is 2-7 with a 4.81 ERA (31 ER/58.0 IP) in 15 starts this season and has held opponents to a .197 average (41-for-208). A native of Monterey, Calif., Jensen was selected by the Cubs in the first round of the 2019 draft after pitching three seasons for Fresno State University. He had a record of 17-7 with a 4.44 ERA (104 ER/11.0 IP) in 63 games (27 starts), walking 99 and striking out 208 for the Bulldogs.

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